As expected, Cebu City and Bohol province dominated the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Meet while both Dumaguete City and Lapu-lapu City divisions round up the top 4 teams out of 19 schools division as of the paper’s deadline Friday afternoon.
As of deadline last Friday, Dumaguete earned 16 gold medals while Negros Oriental got four golds as championship games were still being played at deadline time of this newspaper.
Dumaguete earn 14 silver medals while 8 silvers went to Negros delegation.
Dumaguete earned 12 bronze medals while Negros Oriental got 6 bronze.
More medal harvests were raked at the championship games were being played as this paper was put to bed.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, who led the closing ceremony of the 2019 CVRAA, congratulated all the winning athletes as well as those who fell short. All the top teams and athletes will represent Region 7 to the Palarong Pambansa in Davao City this April.
Cebu City’s wushu, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and taekwondo teams delivered most of their gold medal haul during the week long competitions.
On the other hand, Bohol province also dominated in contact sports such as taekwondo, arnis and wushu getting a big share in the gold medals at stake with Cebu City. However, athletics accounted nearly 30 gold medals for Bohol province.
As expected, Dumaguete City harvested most of its gold medals in swimming and archery. Specifically, the local swimming team won 14 gold medals with the siblings Marco Juan and Martin Jose Sayson winning 3 gold medals each; Kacie Gabrielle Tionko, Josh Patrick Cancho, Yasmien Lavigne Sojor, Isaiah Ken Pajulas and Aimee Nicolette Adanza.
The young archers also delivered 10 more gold medals courtesy of Phoebe Nicole Amistoso, Fermi Gleam P. Bajado, Gabriel Flores and Lyndyle Roy Gabucan. While John Paul Arellano of athletics and Giulan Antonio Bandoquillo of tennis also contributed a gold medal each. The taekwondo poomsae team composed of Maria Keren Kiele Teves, Abby Maevielle Taan and Ameisha Mira Opleada also won gold.
The elementary volleyball teams in both boys and girls defeated their respective rivals in the championship matches to win the gold for Dumaguete City.
However, the home team is also pleased that no less than 35 silver medals were won, which with more hard work and luck could have been the most coveted gold medals. Dumaguete City is also strong in teams sports namely basketball, volleyball and baseball.
It is also worthy to note that Bayawan City is likely to finish in the overall medal ranking ahead of Negros Oriental province. Wrestling served Bayawan City as its single major source of gold medals. Eleven of its 12 gold medals were won by its wrestlers, the other one came from arnis.